Outfielder Alex Presley will re-join the Pirates to get the team back to having 13 position players on the roster. Right-handed reliever Jared Hughes has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
The Pirates were working with a 13-man pitching staff this week after the injury to starter Jeanmar Gomez. Hughes was recalled and pitched a scoreless inning Monday in Atlanta then gave up two runs in 1.2 innings Wednesday. He has a 4.96 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 16.1 innings for the Bucs this year.
Presley’s return gives the Pirates more flexibility in the outfield, where manager Clint Hurdle started catcher Russell Martin earlier this week. Presley is 4-for-14 in the Majors this season but hitting .282 with a .793 OPS for Triple-A Indianapolis. He went 3-for-10 at the plate for Indy this week after being sent down for an extra pitcher on the Pirates roster.